READINGTON, NJ --- The memories and the magic are back.  

The 38th annual New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and a must-attend event on everyone’s summer calendar, returns to Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ from July 23-24-25, 2021.

The Festival meets the long-simmering desire for people to gather outdoors with family and friends to once again enjoy outdoor entertainment, safely spaced across the 744-acre airport.

Featuring the awe-inspiring spectacle of sport and special shaped hot air balloons taking flight twice each day and a hugely popular live concert series, the Festival has been named the premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey by the USA TODAY Network and the No. 1 Thing to Do in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly.

With colorful balloons filling the sky; concerts featuring Barenaked Ladies, Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, Styx, and best-selling children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner; family entertainment and attractions; fireworks and food all in one place, there’s plenty to see and do. The Festival also makes the perfect staycation for those in the region looking to stay close to home this summer.

The hot air balloon inflations and ascensions --- what the Festival calls the “magic of ballooning --- take place in the early morning at 6:30 a.m. and early evening at 6:30 p.m. In between, the Festival offers hours of affordable family entertainment including a live concert series; a fireworks display; a nighttime balloon glow where the balloons are inflated and lit up like giant lanterns; children’s amusement rides and age-appropriate entertainment; human cannonball David “The Bullet” Smith; the Running with the Balloons 5K; exciting experiential attractions; crafters and food vendors.

“After the Pandemic of 1918 came the ‘Roaring Twenties’, and we expect a similar reaction this summer with people wanting to be outdoors, enjoying themselves and safely spending time with their friends and families,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman. “The size and openness of Solberg Airport allows us to produce a safe environment to hold the Festival and produce the lifelong memories people have come to enjoy.”

Freeman noted the Festival will follow whatever guidelines and protocols Governor Murphy, the CDC and local agencies will have in place come July.

Exciting new special shaped balloons include the New Jersey Lottery Sunny Days bright yellow sun balloon, a colorful unicorn, and a giant sloth. Returning favorite balloons include the 110-foot-tall Unique Photo panda bear, Buzzy the Friendly Green Monster, and the 80-foot-tall Pepsi football.

The Festival’s concert series is set with something for music lovers ages 2 and up.

Best-selling children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner opens the performances on Friday, July 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox rocks the Festival Friday night, July 23 at 8:00 p.m. followed by a fireworks extravaganza.

The New Jersey Lottery presents Barenaked Ladies in conjunction with the Festival’s nighttime hot air balloon glow on Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m.

‘70s/’80s supergroup Styx headlines Sunday afternoon, July 25 at 3:00 p.m.

The Festival’s return is good news for local communities and for New Jersey.

Since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey Lottery has contributed over $28 billion to the State, helping to bolster the public employee pension system for teachers, police and fire personnel and other public employees, as well as supporting businesses and communities throughout New Jersey.

Giving back to its communities is also an important part of the Festival, which has raised more than $3 million to date to benefit local charities, non-profit organizations and children’s specialized hospitals.

Advance tickets offering great savings are available now at  

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